Series 1, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial
Author: William Richard Cutter
Clearfield Company, Inc. New York, 1913
The Adams Line.
Statitia Adams Treat was a descendant of Henry Adams, the emigrant ancestor of
the Adams family of America, from which sprang Presidents John and John Quincy
Henry Adams, of Braintree, Massachusetts, arrived in Boston with eight sons and a daughter. The date is fixed at 1632 or 1633. The name of his wife is not known. but the belief is that she returned to England with her son John.
Henry Adams died in Braintree, October 6, 1646. and was buried two days later. President John Adams erected a monument to this ancestor, his great-grandfather in the churchyard of the old church at Quincy with the inscription:
"In memory of Henry Adams, who took his flight from the Dragon persecution in Devonshire, England, and alighted with eight sons near Mount Wollaston.
One of the sons returned to England, and after taking time to explore the country, four removed to Medfield and two to Chelmsford.
One, only, Joseph, who lives here at his left hand, remained here;--an original proprietor in the township of Braintree".
President John Adams was a descendant of this seventh-son, Joseph, who was his greatgrandfather.
Joseph (2), his grandfather, Deacon John, his father, who married Susanna Boylston; President John, their son, was of the fifth American generation.
The line of descent to Statira (Adams) Treat is through Lieutenant Thomas, the second son.
(II) Lieutenant Thomas Adams, son of Henry Adams, of Braintree, was born in England, 1612. He came with his father, but moved with his brothers, Samuel and John, from Braintree to Concord, Massachusetts, in 1646. Thomas and Samuel settled later in the west part of the town of Chelmsford. He was chosen chief sergeant of the military company in 1659, but the county court refused to confirm him on account of his religious views --later he modified his position sufficiently to
permit his confirmation. He was chosen ensign in 1678 and lieutenant in 1682, in the
company of which his brother Samuel was captain. He held other important offices, including selectman and representative to the general court. He died in Chelmsford, July 20, 1688. He married, in 1642, Mary Blackmore, who survived him until March 23, 1694, aged eighty-two years, the mother of eleven children.
(III) Samuel, sixth child and fourth son of Lieutenant Thomas Adams, was born in
Chelmsford, 1652-53. He was a millwright; moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts, thence to Canterbury, Connecticut, where he died November 26, 1727. He was elected, May 31, 1699, a member of the first board of selectmen in Canterbury and was prominent in that town. His wife, Mary, died in Canterbury, March 28, 1718. He is said to have had twelve children, five of whom died young. His will made and signed with his mark, August 7, 1727, names but two sons, Henry and Thomas.
(IV) Henry (2), second son of Samuel Adams, was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He married Sarah, daughter of Richard and Rebecca (Davis) Adams; she was born March 8, 1683, died April 16, 1753.
Two sons and two daughters.
(V) Ahaziah, second son and youngest child of Henry (2) Adams, was born in Canterbury, Connecticut, January 22, 1715. His wife, Eleanor, died June 19, 1748-49. Children:
One son Thomas and four daughters.
(VI) Susanna, third daughter of Ahaziah Adams, was born in Canterbury, April 20,
1742, died in South Canterbury, January 18, 1843. She married, April 5, 1764, Dr. Timothy Adams, born September 5, 1742, son of Isaac and Eleanor (Fassett) Adams; seven children, five sons and two daughters.
(VII) Timothy (2), youngest child of Dr, Timothy (1) Adams, was born in South Canterbury, Connecticut, May 1, 1779. His first wife, Patty, died January 27, 1804. He married a second wife who was the mother of Statira Adams, wife of Oliver Treat (see Treat VI). This family resided at Southwick, Connecticut.